Blackstone Names Heady Chairman of Asia-Pacific Businesses

Apr 5 2016 | 7:18pm ET

Blackstone Group has promoted veteran Asian real estate executive Christopher Heady to the position of chairman of its Asia-Pacific businesses.

In his new role, Heady will have overall responsibility for Blackstone’s businesses in the region while continuing to oversee the company’s real estate operations in Asia Pacific. He will be supported by COO Jan Nielsen, who was most recently head of private equity investing in Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea, according to Bloomberg.

Heady has been with Blackstone for 16 years, and was a key architect of the company’s growth in the region, leading a reported $3 billion in investments in China, India, Japan and Australia. Before joining Blackstone in 2000, Heady worked in real estate private equity for Morgan Stanley in London. 

Founded in 1985 by Steven Schwartzman and Peter Petersen, Blackstone is one of the world’s largest asset management companies, with over $336 billion in AUM as of December 31, 2015 deployed across a wide range of global private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, non-investment grade credit, real assets and secondary funds.

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